The Shotgun Blog
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Drain the swamp at the U.N.!
Six of the countries on their list currently sit as members of the U.N. Human Rights Commission: China, Cuba, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Zimbabwe.
I guess we should be outraged, but this is the U.N. No sense in wasting energy getting mad anymore.
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Speaking of Zimbabwe, I was just reading in the National Post about Robert Mugabe's innovative strategy for the parliamentary elections currently underway.
-Install cronies to run the poll
-Gerrymander constituency boundaries
-Ban likely opponents from voting: Some 3.4 million Zimbabweans living abroad will not be permitted to vote. The bulk of them are refugees and would likely back the opposition MDC (D stands for democratic).
-Ensure all likely supporters vote: 200,000 members of the government's senior ranks voted secretly earlier this month, with the payoff to some including land stolen from white farmers.
-Reduce independent election scrutiny: Western observers will not be certifying the validity of the election, but that's fine - we can depend on monitors hailing from Iran and China to give us the scoop instead.
-Stuff the voters' roll with the names of dead people: Some 1 million 'diehard' registered voters.
-Double the number of polling stations and place them in regime strongholds: With 8,000 polling stations to monitor, foreign election observers have their work cut out for them.
-Control the count: Voting results at polling stations will be phoned through two layers of bureaucracy, controlled by Mugabe loyalists.
Well, I think I can say with certainty that Mugabe's got this one in the bag.
Posted by: Leigh Aslateei | 2005-04-01 2:02:27 AM
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